Bushy Park PTA Newsletter
Leading with Kindness | January 29, 2020
Valentine's Workshop at Parent Teacher Conferences
We are excited to announce that our PTA is offering a drop-in Valentine's workshop on the afternoon and evening of February 13th. Our hope is that your children will be engaged in a fun Valentine craft while you are able to focus on your parent/teacher conference(s).
Please let us know if you'll be joining us AND if you're available to help at: https://forms.gle/3yveC3c1M5SxDzqRA.
We hope you enjoyed our International Night on Thursday, January 23rd. Thank you for joining us! We shared our unique heritage and travelled the world in a couple of hours.
Was your country represented? Pre-register to represent a country for International Night 2021! We will confirm your participation, next year.
One Minute PTA Q2 Feedback Survey
Congratulations to Finley Hinman!
Congratulations to Finley Hinman for winning the Howard County PTA Reflections Program! Her entry, along with two others, will be sent to the Maryland PTA to be judged at the State level.
Visual Arts, Intermediate: Finley Hinman – Bushy Park Elementary School
Title of Artwork: Shine On
Medium/Materials Used: Acrylic paint on canvas
Artist’s Statement: This painting shows who I am and that I shine brightly to people around me. This goes with the theme “Look Within” because it’s describing who I am inside.
If you are currently a PTA member, please expect emails from MemberHub over the next weeks and verify your membership.
Please take a moment to join our MemberHub and add your contact information at: https://bpes.memberhub.com/join/875u4m.
3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Book Club & January Membership Drawing
Looking for a good book to read? Enjoy a good discussion? Join the 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Family Book Club and discover...Save Me a Seat.
- Wednesday, February 5th
- Wednesday, February 12th
- Wednesday, February 19th
- Weather Makeup Day: Wednesday, February 26th
Location: BPES Media Center
Space is limited, so please reserve your spot. Register by Friday, January 31, 2020 at: https://tinyurl.com/sv37zym
For questions about the book club, please email Ms. Griffin.
The PTA will be doing a drawing from all family memberships at the end of January for a copy of Save Me a Seat.
Change Matters = Service
The Bushy Park Change Matters donation of $584.65 to Grassroots covered 6 hours of crisis services. This is what happened during that time:
Number of Staff in Call Center 12
Number of Calls to Crisis Center 42
Number of Calls Related to:
- Shelter 2
- Mental HealthCounseling 16
- Substance Misuse 1
- Information & Referral, etc 14
Walk-ins for Counseling 3
Mobile Crisis Team Calls 1
Number of Shelter Residents 37 adults and 14 children
January Book Collection
The PTA is collecting used children's books during the month of January. Drop-off your book donations in the plastic bins in the front lobby, before the end of the month.
If you have already donated, thank you!
A Night with the Stars - The Bushy Park School Dance
BPES students from Pre-K to 5th grade (only please) are invited to and may be escorted by a special adult to this magical evening.
Tickets are $8 per adult / $4 per child and available for purchase online at:
https://www.bushyparkpta.org/dance-2020. We are using PayPal to process electronic payment.
Don't have PayPal or would like to pay using cash or check? No problem. Please complete the printable registration form.
If you would like to participate, but are under financial constraints, please contact Mrs. Bialeski directly. Financial constraints will not limit your participation.
- Tickets are limited due to the Howard County Fire Code. Once we reach capacity for this event, we will no longer be able to sell tickets.
- You will not receive a physical ticket. Please provide your last name at check-in.
- There will be no tickets available at the door for anyone who did register in advance.
Our dance committee chairs are looking for team leaders and volunteers to help create a magical evening for the kids. The volunteer opportunities are:
- Concessions Leader (non-student)
- Welcome Leader (non-student)
- Photo Flow Leader (non-student)
- Walk of Fame Leader (non-student)
- Set-Up Team (10+)
- Crafting Team (Pre-event needs)
- Concessions Volunteers (4 at all times)
- Check-In Volunteers (4 at all times)
- Walk of Fame (2 at all times)
- Security (2 at all times – floating by entrances & gym)
- Clean-Up Team (10+)
- Paparazzi (High School Volunteers
Any responsible middle and high school student who needs service hours are welcome to join the event team.
Calling all young scientists! The BPES Annual Science Fair is March 11, 2020!
It is time to prepare for the Annual Science Fair at Bushy Park Elementary School
Parents may register their child to participate in the Science Fair by completing the registration form online or the PDF below. The deadline to register is Monday, March 2nd. If you have any questions contact Chairwoman, Dina Goldman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bushy Park's Got Talent
Talent Show, Friday, May 1, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm
What's your talent?
- Video audition submissions are due April 3rd.
- Finalists announced April 8th.
- Dress rehearsal April 30th.
- Talent show May 1st!
Submit your 30 second video audition by April 3rd at: https://forms.gle/PYTmtq6ZxbKPCUkK7.
Do you have an hour to volunteer at school? Can you make an hour to volunteer? If you are able, please visit our Volunteer page for updated opportunities.
We have everything from event-specific to seasonal opportunities.
Remember to bring your gently used children's books to school for donation.
2/4 - Schools & Offices Closed
2/6 - PTA Meeting (Conference Call)
2/13 - 3 hour early dismissal (12:50pm), Parent Conferences
PTA Valentines Workshop at Parent-Teacher Conferences
2/14 - 3 hour early dismissal (12:50pm), Parent Conferences
2/17 - Schools & Offices Closed
2/28 - Spirit Day: Wacky Tacky / Crazy Hair Day
Website PTA Calendar: https://www.bushyparkpta.org/calendar
Facebook PTA Events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BushyParkPTA/events/
Are you a business owner or a sports league? The Bushy Park Elementary PTA invites you to become a business or sports sponsor. Our community sponsor program provides an opportunity to support the staff and students of Bushy Park Elementary.
Bushy Park Elementary PTA
Our PTA is here to build a bridge between home and school, integrating the efforts of parents, teachers, staff and our community. It is an integral part of the Bushy Park community by offering many activities and programs to our families.
Our mission is to promote a positive partnership among our educators, children, and community-at-large through advocacy efforts and programs focused on the education and well-being of our children.
Our vision is simple. Lead with kindness and let everything follow.